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Junior League's Career Closet Celebrates Women's History Month

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On March 20th, The Junior League of Elizabeth Plainfield’s Career Closet and the Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits will host a celebratory event from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Jumble Store 110 Walnut Avenue, Cranford, New Jersey in honor of Women’s History Month.  Registration for the event must be by referral from our local community partners and government agencies. To submit an application for the event, please use the following link:  http://www.jlepnj.org/womens-empowerment-day-2018.html.

The Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits (ACDN), Career Closet and eleven (11) other ACDN member organizations are kicking off events in March throughout the U.S. aimed at helping women prepare as much as possible for employment.  These events will inspire women – boosting their self-confidence so that they feel assured, confident and, most of all, employable.  The holiday was launched in 2012 by Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits (formerly known as The Women’s Alliance) - a national organization of independent, community-based member organizations who provide professional attire and career skills training to low income women and men - and sponsored by Smart & Sexy, one of the largest privately held lingerie companies in the country. 

"Our member agencies help level the playing field for their clients, who lack the resources—either by not having the clothes in their closet nor the money to purchase interview attire themselves—to present themselves competitively at an interview, says Connie Golds, Board President of the Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits.  "ACDN member organizations serve over 25,000 women and men each and every year, day in and day out assuring low-income people seeking self-sufficiency have an equal chance! Smart & Sexy Day events show women that they can be capable, feminine and hireable."

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“As an organization that strives to inspire women every day, Bottomless Closet is incredibly proud to participate in Smart & Sexy Day again this year,” said Melissa Norden, Executive Director of Bottomless Closet. “We know that our clients will leave this event empowered, self-confident and ready to start a new chapter in their professional lives – the same way we strive to make them feel each time they leave our office.”  Providing that learning opportunity during this celebratory event– and every day – is the mission of our 23 member organizations.”

Special programming, including accurate fittings and free foundational garments from Smart & Sexy, will be held in the following cities in the month of March:

  • Bottomless Closet (New York, NY) - March 13
  • Career Wardrobe (Philadelphia, PA) - March 26
  • Desert Best Friend’s Closet (Palm Desert, CA) – March 9
  • Jackets for Jobs, Inc. (Detroit, MI) – March 21
  • Junior League of Elizabeth Plainfield Career Closet (Cranford, NJ) – March 20
  • Ladies of Valor Empowerment (Miami, FL) - March 17
  • MadeIt Foundation (Baltimore, MD) – March 10
  • Shining Success (Claremont, NH) – March 24
  • Suited for Success (Oklahoma City, OK) - March 20
  • Tailored for Success (Malden, MA) – March 27
  • Transforming Lives & Restoring Hope, Inc. (Roanoke Rapids, NC) – March 17
  • WHW (Santa Ana, CA) – March 23

All Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits (ACDN) Members will receive product from Smart & Sexy to give to their clients.  For a full list of ACDN members, visit:  www.acdnonline.org/locations.

ABOUT Smart & Sexy

Smart & Sexy was founded with the idea that women should be able to have fashionable lingerie that provides figure solutions at great prices. Today, we are one of the largest privately held lingerie companies in the US, selling over 60 million garments a year under numerous national brands. Smart & Sexy is our in-house brand created for the fashion savvy woman. Smart fit, sexy and flattering looks, quality, comfort and amazing value are the brand's guiding principles. Smart & Sexy is the in-house brand for Ariela & Associates International which was founded over 20 years ago. Learn more: www.smartandsexy.com

For more information on Smart & Sexy, please contact:

Brady Halbert, Brand Manager

T: 212-683-4131 x2729 / E: bhalbert@aai-llc.com

ABOUT the Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits (ACDN)

The Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits (ACDN) is the leading network of unique community based non-profits that empower women and men to achieve economic independence.  ACDN fosters the creation and growth of community-based organizations that assist individuals to secure and maintain employment.  We believe anyone who wants a job, should get one. All ACDN member organizations offer free professional clothing so job seekers can make a great first impression.

Each year, member agencies of ACDN assist more than 25,000 women and men across the country transition into the workplace. The professional clothing, training, and coaching services provided by our member agencies help women and men coming out of poverty, welfare, and other dire circumstances prepare for and succeed in the workplace.  Since ACDN’s inception, over 300,000 women and men have been outfitted with interview attire. Learn more: www.acdnonline.org.

For more information about the Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits, please contact:

Connie Golds, Board President                             Gineyda Diaz, Board Vice President

Tel: 760-835-5658 / E: cgolds@acdnonline.org   Tel: 212-563-2499 x17 / E: gdiaz@acdnonline.org

Carrie Veurink, Managing Partner, Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits (ACDN)

Tel: 925-849-7500 / E: cveurink@acdnonline.org

ABOUT the Junior League of Elizabeth Plainfield and Career Closet

Since 2001, the Career Closet has provided career-dressing services to low-income women at no charge.  We dress women who are reentering the workforce or advancing their career. The women come from Union County and the surrounding areas and are referred by community partners and government agencies. By providing professional clothing, we hope to increase the self-confidence, self-esteem, and ultimately, the self-sufficiency of these women.  Last year Career Closet dressed over 170 women and partnered with over 25 community partners and government agencies. All business clothing and accessories are provided through donations and grants.  Career Closet is a project of the Junior League of Elizabeth Plainfield.

The Junior League of Elizabeth Plainfield is a chapter of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. and is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Learn more: www.jlepnj.org.

For more information about the Junior League of Elizabeth Plainfield, please contact:

Nydia Diefenbach, President 2017-2018, Junior League of Elizabeth Plainfield

Tel. (908)709-1177 / E: president@jlepnj.org

Florence Baker and Valerie Camara, Co-chairs Career Closet

Tel. (908)709-1177 / E: careercloset@jlepnj.org

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Found: Green Brook and Warren, Do You Know this Dog?

April 18, 2018

WARREN, NJ - Do you know me? I'm a young, male German Shepherd who appears to be around a year old. Found near Warrenville Road near the Green Brook, Bound Brook border and now at Somerset Regional Animal Shelter. Call  908-725-0308.

Sharing Strength, Giving Back: Become a Volunteer Advocate for Victims of Sexual Violence

April 23, 2018

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that openings are still available in the upcoming training series for Volunteer Advocates for victims of sexual violence. The sessions are scheduled twice weekly beginning on Tuesday, May 1 and continuing until Thursday, June 14.

The training is free. No previous experience in counseling is required. Volunteer Advocates work ...

Looking for a Summer Program? Try Brain Training

Looking for an enriching and fun summer program for your children?  Why not try brain training?  Find out more: LearningRx in Warren is offering free trial sessions on May 2nd and May 9th.  Click on the following link for more information: https://www.learningrx.com/warren/local_page/free-1-hr-trial-session/. 

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Down the Shore: Registration Now Open for NJ State Police Basic Boating Safety Course at the St. Francis Community Center May 1 and 3

April 18, 2018

BRANT BEACH, NJ - Are you ready for sun and warmth?  Spring and summer fun is not that far away even though the weather has been so cold recently.

The St. Francis Community Center is offering a Basic Boating Safety Course in May.  Registration is open for the course that is being held on Tuesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 3 from 5:00 to 9:00 PM at the St. Francis Community Center, 4700 ...

Travels Update - Long Beach Island Summer Shuttle No Longer A Free Ride

BRANT BEACH - The Long Beach Island Shuttle, an extremely popular service for visitors and residents of Long Beach Island, will have a fee for the first time beginning Memorial Day weekend. 

The Long Beach Township Board of Commissioners made the announcement at their meeting on Monday, April 9. 

Here is the overview on the fees:

One-way shuttle rides from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Baby Seal Waddles Its Way onto Belmar Beach

BELMAR, NJ — A baby seal waddled its way onto the Fifth Avenue beach earlier today to enjoy one of the warmest days of spring so far.

Around noon on April 12, photographer Nancy Orlowski took these snapshots, which have also been posted on the Belmar Facebook page where it states that the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey has been notified.

This is the second known instance ...

Bateman Bill, “ Bijou’s Law”, to Require Training, Licensing for Pet Groomers

April 12, 2018

 

TRENTON, NJ - State Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman (R-16) will introduce legislation to increase protections for family pets by requiring pet groomers to be properly trained and licensed following the deaths of three dogs in five months at different New Jersey pet salons. .

“It is sadly far too common for us to read of dog grooming deaths in the news,” said ...

Op-Ed: New Jersey’s Out-of-Network Bill is a huge blow to the middle-class

April 17, 2018

As Trenton currently looks to balance the budget, once again it’s our state’s hardest working citizens who will be left holding the bag. This time, though, it will be the hardworking office and ancillary staff from our small business private medical practices.  A bill called “The Out-of-Network Consumer Protection Bill” A-2039/S-485 looks poised to make ...

WHRHS Baseball: Watchung Hills Tops Morristown, 6-3

April 11, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Senior Joe Blajsa picked up his first win of the season and Kevin Badger went 4-for-4 with a run scored, a stolen base and one RBI to lead Watchung Hills over Morristown on Wednesday, 6-3.

Blajsa pitched six and 2/3 innings allowing only six hits, striking out five and walking one. Junior Ben Ant came in for the strikeout save to pick up his ...

New DMV Facility Should Ease Crunch in Somerville

April 23, 2018

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - B. Sue Fulton is just beginning to find her away around her new office in Trenton , but the newly-sworn director of the Department of Motor Vehicles found her way to Somerville Saturday at the invitation of state Sen. Christopher Kip Bateman for a visit to the local DMV office on Roosevelt Place which has been causing headaches for neighborhood residents.

She ...

Blue Mass Celebration at Immaculate Conception School Honors Police

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Immaculate Conception School hosted a “Blue Mass” Friday morning at Immaculate Conception R.C. Church to honor the men and women of law enforcement.

The mass was attended by all students and staff in the K-8th grade school, with more than 100 members of law enforcement, including Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

The annual mass was also ...

Watchung Borough Council Recognizes Watchung Hills Senior Julia Cunningham, Proclaims April 19 Julia Cunningham Day

WATCHUNG, NJ - Watchung resident and Watchung Hills Regional High School graduating senior, Julia Cunningham was recognized at a special meeting of the Watchung Borough council Thursday. 

Councilman Bill Nehls praised Cunningham, “ as probably one of the best basketball players in the state,” and “an inspiration for girls in the seventh and eighth grades, ...

Police Investigate Bias Incident in Montgomery, Seek Help from Public

MONTGOMERY, NJ - Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson township Police Director/Capt. Thomas Wain are asking the public for help in the investigation of what is being considered a bias crime.

Detectives assigned to the investigation released that the following information based on the preliminary and ongoing investigation, which continues to evolve as investigators interview ...

Down the Shore: Registration Now Open for NJ State Police Basic Boating Safety Course at the St. Francis Community Center May 1 and 3

April 18, 2018

BRANT BEACH, NJ - Are you ready for sun and warmth?  Spring and summer fun is not that far away even though the weather has been so cold recently.

The St. Francis Community Center is offering a Basic Boating Safety Course in May.  Registration is open for the course that is being held on Tuesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 3 from 5:00 to 9:00 PM at the St. Francis Community Center, 4700 ...

TAPintoTravels Area Teens Invited to the First Meeting of Aviation Explorer Post 523

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Exploring helps young people make more informed decisions about future careers and learn about different jobs within a particular field. 

In that vein, Aviation Explorer Post 523 will hold its first meeting for young men and women, ages 14-20, on Wednesday, April 18 at 6 p.m., at DM Airports, 8 Airport Road in Morristown. Future meetings will ...

Nightmare Commute for Raritan Valley Line Commuters Monday

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Raritan Valley Line commuters spent more than three hours trying to make their way home from New York City on Monday following the breakdown of a train near Union Station during rush hour.

At 9:47 p.m., NJT tweeted:

Raritan Valley Line westbound train service is operating on or close to schedule following an earlier disabled NJ Transit train near Union ...

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...